School of Computing student achieves highest Duke of Edinburgh accolade

A School of Computing student has been presented with the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) gold award by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London.

Peter Kiely, who is a first year student at the University’s School of Computing, spent more than two years completing five sections of the highly-regarded award, which aims to help young people develop their skills and improve their employability.

Gold awards are achieved by completing five sections, including Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and a Residential. Peter’s award was based on 12 months teaching primary school children to swim once a week, as well as volunteering at an Iron Age education centre. He also spent four days on an expedition in Snowdonia, Wales which involved camping, hiking and teamwork.

Peter, who is studying Computer Science, said: “The D of E award has taught me, and improved on, numerous skills that will prove beneficial to employers in the future. In addition, this award gave me a unique sense of responsibility and self-belief.”

The nationwide scheme which has been running since 1956 encourages young people to develop a well-rounded set of skills to inspire confidence, develop self-esteem and help them succeed in the workplace. Peter’s sister, Hannah, also achieved a Gold award which was presented at the same ceremony.